Kankakee Valley REMC rebate helps fire department water down energy costs

2013-10-25T00:00:00Z Kankakee Valley REMC rebate helps fire department water down energy costsTimes Staff nwitimes.com
October 25, 2013 12:00 am  • 

WANATAH | The Board of the Lake of the Four Seasons Fire Force spends a great deal of time maintaining the quality of its stations and equipment, and is always on the lookout for ways to reduce costs. The Board decided to replace some exterior light fixtures at its flagship station on County 275 South in western Porter Township.

When the station was built in 2005, the department installed metal halide wallpack lighting units over the bay doors and the side door. The lights provided the safety and security the Fire Force wanted, but they were costly to operate and burned out fairly quickly. Board vice president and Lieutenant Jon Buczek also volunteers as the Fire Force’s electrician. He recommended that the department replace 12 metal halide fixtures with newer, energy-efficient LED wallpacks at a cost of just over $2,000. In addition to using substantially less electricity, the LED lights would require less maintenance and replacement, saving even more money in the long term.

Shortly after Lt. Buczek finished installing the lights, one of the department’s captains brought him Kankakee Valley REMC’s member magazine. “He pointed to an article about a rebate program for energy-efficiency improvements such as our lighting upgrade,” said Lt. Buczek.

The Power Moves incentive program, which is offered by Wabash Valley Power, the organization that supplies wholesale electricity to Kankakee Valley REMC, pays cash incentives to commercial and industrial facilities that replace older, less-efficient lighting and other equipment with higher-efficiency devices. As an REMC member, the Fire Force was eligible for the program.

“Some people might think that it’s strange for a power provider to reward members for using less of what they sell, but there’s a good reason,” said Kankakee Valley REMC CEO Dennis Weiss. “If our members use less power, we don’t have to buy as much, so our suppliers can generate less. That helps us keep costs under control and protects the environment. Plus, it helps the Fire Force reduce a key part of their operating costs so they can continue to protect local residents in the face of other rising costs.”

In addition to LED and fluorescent lighting, Power Moves incentives are available for ceramic metal halide lamps, lighting occupancy sensors, HVAC chillers, and signs and signals. To learn more about Power Moves incentives and the other ways in which Kankakee Valley REMC helps members become more energy-efficient, call (219) 733-2511.

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